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Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:16 am
by robert4
Just putting a collection together for 2 French ships of this name - The first was the one used by La Perouse for his exploration voyage, the second used by d'Urville for his 2 voyages.
Perouse's ship was wrecked on the Solomon Islands in 1788. d'Urville's ship was broken up in France in 1851.
Looking at Tonga's 1987 issue commemorating d'Urville voyages, the last stamp in the set shows ''L'Astrolobe'' being wrecked. This sort of implies that it was d'Urville ship that was wrecked, but in fact it was Perouse's ship. Was this a Tongan error.....or are there more subtitle for this stamp being included in the set ? I wonder.........